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    Hannah Horvath  
Played By: Lena Dunham

As close to a central character as the show has, though this is largely because much of it is told through her eyes, Hannah is an insecure, slightly overweight aspiring writer from Lansing, Michigan who has moved to New York to pursue her dreams. At the beginning of the show she's still receiving financial support from her parents, though that quickly changes. She lives in an apartment in Brooklyn with her best friend from college, Marnie.

  • Alliterative Name: Like all the main four.
  • Author Avatar: To an extent, though Dunham has denied that the character is a direct counterpart to herself.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She is sometimes seen wearing outits that show her belly button.
  • Betty and Veronica: A platonic version, with her close friendships with Marnie and Jessa. Marnie plays the dependable, conventional Betty, and Jessa the adventurous Veronica. The two even have a degree of competitiveness with each other over Hannah's affection, until their Friendship Moment late in Season 1.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She flaunts her body in bikinis and is noted to be cute.
  • Big Eater: She likes to stuff her face, in spite of being ashamed of her weight.
  • Character Development: Grows out of her laziness and finds success as a writer, and becomes kinder and more accepting of the people around her.
  • Ditzy Genius: Dunham describes Hannah as being "a mix of natural intelligence and improbable stupidity".
  • Even Girls Want Her: Enough for a lesbian at a retreat to tell Hannah that she's "too luscious to be with the wrong guy".
  • Fat Bastard: She's abrasive, unpleasant to be around and always wanting to eat. Fat-shaming Hannah doesn't work, she'll try to tell you she's proud of how large she is (but inside, it deeply does hurt her).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Though they have their problems over the course of the series, she and Marnie ultimately are this, to the point that Marnie moves in with her to help her raise her son, Grover.
  • It's All About Me: She has a hard time talking about anything but her own problems and concerns. Several characters call her out on that during the whole series.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be very caring when she wants to and is very much the optimist. Dunham describes her as an "age appropriate narcissist" who cares for those around her deep down.
  • Last Het Romance: For Elijah and subverted as he later has sex with Marnie.
  • The Load: She spends the entire first season either not having a job or not having a job that pays any money, meaning Marnie has to pay her rent and other expenses.
  • Most Writers Are Writers
  • Naïve Everygirl: Very clueless and relatable along with having a good dose of optimism.
  • Never My Fault: She can't even write a proper apology letter without being hopelessly passive aggressive.
  • No Social Skills: She can be incredibly tactless at times.
  • One of the Kids: She's already a Womanchild, but she soon takes a job as a substitute teacher and has a rather big sister/buddy relationship with her students, sometimes to their detriment.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Hannah is a stereotypical only child who is self-centered and whose parents are very involved in her life.
  • Selective Obliviousness: While being put off by his new girlfriend moving into their former apartment is reasonable, Hannah seems to be in complete denial of hers and Adam's breakup in Season 4 due to their growing tension, her moving to Iowa, and them not speaking for an extended period of time.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: On her 25th birthday, she's very put together in her outfit and hair with nice make up. Her parents remark how well she's looking and Marnie lampshades that she'd look like this every day if she wanted to; Hannah's outer presentation also improves as the series goes on.
  • Super OCD: Hannah has had obsessive-compulsive disorder since her teens, and suffers a major relapse as a result of her breakup with Adam and her nervousness over her e-book deal.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: she finds herself pregnant in the last season after she gets herself checked for a UTI.
  • This Loser Is You: She has definitely fallen into this trope, as the series has gone on.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Slowly, is mellowing out and open to befriending a girl she was jealous of.
  • Unreliable Narrator: lampshaded by Adam in Episode 7, and heralding a massive dose of Character Development for him as she realizes she has been writing him off.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Has a massive tendency to be this at times.
  • Weight Woe: She's a Big Eater and is aware of how chubby she is, with the first episode having her refer to Marnie as a "Victoria's Secret Angel" and herself as a "fat baby angel" when Charlie commented on how they looked angelic sleeping together; on the other hand, she tends to worry about more things than her weight and tends to regard her body as "it is what it is" and doesn't shy away from string bikinis.
    ADAM: "You think because you're, what, eleven pounds overweight you know struggle?"
    HANNAH: "I am thirteen pounds overweight and it has been awful for me my whole life!"
  • Womanchild:She's been mooching off her parents even when no longer living with them (and then she starts mooching off Marnie), she can barely sustain a job or relationship for a reasonable amount of time, and she frequently blames everybody else for her problems and mistakes. This is most evident in the episode "Leave Me Alone," where she becomes needlessly jealous of a former classmate for successfully launching her writing career, and then sabotages her chance at finally getting recognition for her writing during an essay read. This, among other things, finally pushes Marnie to her limit. And the two, after a nasty fight, break off their friendship... with Hannah still not realizing how childish her behavior has been. In series 2 moreso than in series 1. Series 1 was mostly about the world from Hannah's perspective, Series 2 is mostly about Hannah from the world's perspective, which makes her seem like a much more stupid and arrogant person.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Fran with a yoga instructor at a retreat.

    Marnie Michaels 
Played By: Allison Williams

Hannah's best friend from Oberlin, Marnie is a slightly prissy and uptight but responsible young woman who works at an art gallery. At the beginning of the series she is in a long-term relationship with Charlie, but feeling a bit bored with it. She and Hannah clash at times, but Marnie does care about Hannah despite her occasional Ice Queen tendencies.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Arguably is a significant element of her attraction to Booth. And motorcycle-riding, has a girlfriend, Desi.
  • Alliterative Name: Exaggerated. Marnie Marie Michaels.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her mother is an Attention Whore who is outwardly rude and has a poor sense of boundaries.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's a sarky brunette who is difficult to please.
  • Break the Haughty: Poor Marnie, since she has split up with Charlie she can't catch a break.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Averted, Marnie has slept with two of her friends' exes, which causes A LOT of drama. She even made out with Elijah while he was dating Hannah in college.
  • Character Development: While she is still kind of self-centered, Is gradually becoming more self-aware and growing out of her entitlement.
  • Control Freak: Everything in Marnie's life has to be just so, or she freaks out. She's also considered to be the uptight friend in contrast to Jessa.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: After being propositioned by Booth Jonathan at an art gallery.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Has dated a couple of addicts and has friends who use drugs, but is oblivious to the signs that someone is high.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Averted. Unlike many other TV show characters who have rather unrealistic dreams of a singing career, her vocals are actually okay. But that's basically it.
  • It's All About Me: Complains that Desi's addiction stresses her out to the point that she needs daily massages, and then has the audacity to complain about the bruises from said massages.
  • Narcissist: It shows particularly in her love life and when it comes to her singing ambitions. She and Desi even have sex to their own music. She also wants to say she is a good friend to everyone while they are all bad friends.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Has the nerve to sheepishly say that Ray forced her into having sex with him when Hannah catches the two of them getting it on.
  • Only Sane Woman: How she sees herself compared to the rest of the clique. In the beginning of the series she's the only one with a steady job and a boyfriend. Of course, she's actually just as screwed up as everyone else.
  • Parental Substitute: From the beginning of the series, she assumes motherly duties for 24-year old Hannah like covering her rent and restoring her self-esteem once Hannah's own mother cuts her off.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hannah's red.
  • She's Got Legs: In her hostess outfit.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Quoting Hannah, she's the Victoria's Secret's angel while Hannah is the "fat baby angel".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She wasn't an angel to begin with, but in Season 1 she displays some compassion for the people around her, and even pays Hannah's rent for several months. Later in the series she's singularly driven by her narcissism and myopia.
  • Ugly Guy Hot Girl: Considers Ray to be the "ugly guy" to her "hot girl", and is completely dumbfounded when he dumps her. Twice.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Despite desiring monogamous relationships, Marnie cheats on 2/3 of her boyfriends during the series.

    Jessa Johanson 
Played By: Jemima Kirke

A world-traveling, would-be Bohemian Brit, who arrives in New York in the first episode and moves in with Shoshanna. The most impulsive and free-spirited of the bunch, she tends to make things fun for the others but also gets them in trouble at times as well. She has a (well-deserved) reputation for being flaky and unreliable, and like Hannah, she lacks a job at the beginning of the series, though she soon gets one as a babysitter for a wealthy couple.

  • Alliterative Name: Sensing a trend yet?
  • Bi the Way: In Season 1 Marnie kisses her in front of Thomas John, she kisses back in a more sensual/sexual way and they dismiss his attempts to join in, and in Season 3 she goes down on closeted lesbian Laura at rehab.
  • British Stuffiness: Completely averted. Jessa is by far the most open-minded and adventurous of the four.
  • The Bro Code: She ultimately went after Adam despite his history with Hannah.
  • Character Development: Averted. Aside from settling in a monogamous relationship, Jessa is the most static character out of the main girls.
  • Commonality Connection: She and Adam initially bond over their addiction issues, and attend AA meetings together. Eventually they have a Relationship Upgrade.
  • The Drifter: Formerly. Eventually settles in NYC after a lecture from Hannah and enrolling in college.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Freudian Excuse: She gets several, in the form of a tumultuous relationship with her mother, a sister who has slept with every boyfriend she's ever had, and a father who is just as flighty, irresponsible, and self-centered narcissist as she is, and who feels it is Jessa's job to take care of him.
  • Functional Addict/Addled Addict: Fluctuates between the two.
  • Going Cold Turkey: After rehab she is not shown drinking or using until Jasper hunts her down at her place of work and it doesn't take much convincing for her to join him in a cocaine binge that results in her stealing from her employer.
  • Granola Girl: Though less into hippie-type philosophies than most examples.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Jemima Kirke was pregnant during the filming of season two, though this trope is slightly subverted because she wasn't showing as much as some other examples.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She's pretty and all, but the way people go on about her you'd think she was the most glamorous woman on Earth. Episode 4 is particularly over the top about it when the other babysitters just can't believe a stunner like Jessa is a babysitter and not a movie star.
  • Irony: Jessa is a Jerkass with addiction issues and little consideration for anyone. What's her dream? To become a therapist!
  • Jerkass: Often has more in common with a pile of broken glass than with a human being. Especially apparent in season 4. First she sets up Adam, who is still kindasorta involved with her friend Hannah, up with Mimi-Rose, an artist acquintance of hers, so she could get closer with Mimi-Rose's ex, whom she has taken an interest in. She also takes pride in allegedly four men trying to commit suicide because of her as if this made her some supreme seductress and not just a terrible person to be with.
    • She is intentionally an asshole to Hannah in Season 5 to push her away and alleviate her guilt about falling for Hannah's ex, Adam.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jessa has some good insights and can give decent advice despite her brash approach.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ace, Mimi-Rose's ex, winds up using Jessa to make Mimi-Rose jealous.
    • Hannah forgives her, but states they are better off not being friends
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Her father is a slight, unreliable manchild just like her.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She seems to give off this vibe to men. Her boss, Jeff, wants her to be this for him. She declines. Thomas-John pursues and marries her because he views her as this. It doesn't end well. Adam sees her as a beautiful mindfuck.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Acknowledged in universe as the most attractive of the four main leads and is definitely the resident sexpot.
  • Not So Above It All: For all of her bad girl antics and pretending not to care about anyone or anything, she's heartbroken when Adam (briefly) returns to Hannah, and can't bring herself to hook up with another guy.
  • Put on a Bus: During the middle of season two, most likely to accommodate Kirke's real-life pregnancy at the time.
  • Stepford Snarker: Is fairly snarky and dismissive towards her friends and love interests, though this is largely a mask for what Hannah describes as "a deep well of loneliness".
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To all of the girls, but especially her cousin Shoshanna. Shosh even gives her a “The Reason You Suck” Speech over it in Season 6.
  • Tsundere: With her husband Thomas-John. She marries him because she hates him so much.
    Jessa: [During her vows] Thomas-John, when you came to my house with flowers, I was prepared to call the special victims unit. Not only did I find you very creepy, but I also found you very boring. But for some reason, I decided to have dinner with you. You asked to move tables twice — and I was even more revolted. Then, you started talking about what you did — about travel and finance— and I thought, this man is brilliant in a way I've never known.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Snarks at Hannah nonstop, but still thinks of her as her dearest friend.

    Shoshanna Shapiro 
Played By: Zosia Mamet

Jessa's American cousin, Shoshanna is the youngest and least experienced of the group, and also the only one who's still a student. She's also still a virgin at the beginning of the series, a status about which she is extremely insecure.

  • Action Girl: In Episode 7. Those kickboxing classes pay off.
  • Alliterative Name: Yep, definitely a trend.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: There's her name for starters, the fact that she lists her date being Jewish as a plus, and her stereotypical overbearing parents Melanie and Melvin.
  • Brutal Honesty: Shosh doesn't have much of a filter.
  • Career Versus Man: Has this dilemma at the end of Season 4, after getting a job offer in Japan, and her boyfriend asking her to move in with him. She chooses the job, after Hermie encourages her to "lean in".
  • Character Development: Ends up being the most focused and conventionally successful out of the four.
  • The Ditz: There's a reason why her quotes are a tumblr favorite.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While in later seasons her stupidity is more of an Informed Flaw, she is very perceptive, and recognizes the flaws of the other characters and her need to move on from them.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: First played straight, though in a downplayed way. Hannah, Marnie, and Jessa all regularly trash talk and exclude her. Inverted in Season 6, when it turns out she's the only one in the group that everybody likes, and she hates Hannah, Marnie, and Jessa.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Passionate about marketing, and devotes herself to a variety of business ventures.
  • I Want My Beloved to be Happy: Helps Ray out with Marnie, despite having lingering feelings for him.
  • The Ingenue: In Season 1, when she is a virgin and more naive than the rest of her social circle.
  • Motor Mouth: Even more so when she smokes crack.
  • Nice Girl: Brutal Honesty aside, she's the most concerned with the people around her and is very exuberant. She does the most selfless acts out of the girls.
  • Only Sane Man: How she sees herself at the end of the series, frustrated with her friends' inability to hold down jobs and relationships.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: Her relationship with the rather peevish and sarcastic Ray could definitely be seen as this. Though its deconstructed in that it strains their relationship when they can't see eye to eye.
  • Put on a Bus: Moves to Japan in Season 5, though she still makes fairly regular appearances on the show.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Losing her virginity is her goal in Season 1, as she believes in this trope.
  • Verbal Tic: Shoshanna often says the words "Like" (whether or not she's making a comparison), "Amaze!", "Okay" and variations of "Oh my god".
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Ray with a doorman in season 2. Then cheats on her long distance boyfriend while living in Japan in Season 5.


Other Characters

    Adam Sackler 
Played By: Adam Driver

Hannah's friend with benefits at the beginning of the show, Adam is a part-time woodworker and aspiring actor who likes to work out, masturbate, and walk around shirtless. It's later shown that there's more to him than meets the eye, however.

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: He starts dating Mimi-Rose while Hannah is in Iowa. To be fair, he considered her moving away as a breakup.
  • The Alcoholic: It's revealed to Hannah's surprise that he has been attending AA meetings since he was 17.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has a poor sense of social norms, is very temperamental, and has a unique worldview. Dunham has alluded to the character being on the autism spectrum in interviews.
  • Amusing Injuries: During a heated argument with Hannah, he gets clipped by a car. It's played completely straight (ambulance and everything), but it also breaks the tension.
  • Breakout Character: Most definitely.
  • Chubby Chaser: He knows that Hannah's quite overweight, but still values her body.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Every character besides Hannah finds him bizarre. He wanders around Hannah's apartment and annoys Marnie because he doesn't understand the concept of personal space.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Frequently, at least one time only slightly off-camera.
  • Fag Hag: Gender-reversed, as Adam has a lot of lesbian friends.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Not "responsible" per se, but he comes off as being more functional than his sister Caroline (that isn't saying much).
  • Formerly Fat: He tells Hannah he was fat in high school, now a muscular twenty-something that teases Hannah about her weight.
  • Hidden Depths: Lampshaded and arguably subverted. Adam points out that his depths aren't so much hidden as that Hannah has never bothered to look for them before.
    • His acting skills stand out considerably here. During the first half of season 3, he is mentioned to be going to auditions, but it's mostly played for laughs since he says he mostly does it to get a rise out of people. However, when he finally reads some of his lines to Hannah, he pulls them off amazingly, almost changing into a different person in front of her.
  • Hot-Blooded: When Adam falls for someone, he falls hard. And he often resorts to physical violence when angry.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Reveals himself to be this later in Season One. He also tends to have a moral code and is horrified when Hannah worries about her ebook deal just after her boss died.
  • No Social Skills: More or less. He's often aggressive and inappropriate without even meaning to be.
  • Off the Wagon: In the season two episode "On All Fours". The results aren't pretty.
  • The Sociopath: He's frequently referred to as one, mostly due to his sexual fetishes, but he clearly isn't given his empathy and strong moral code.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's 3/3 on this trope.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Played for laughs, as he's not as attractive as he seems to think he is.
    • YMMV on that one. Many fans find Adam Sackler and the man who plays him, Adam Driver, incredibly hot.

    Charlie Dattolo 
Played By: Christopher Abbott

Marnie's boyfriend, who at the beginning of the series has been with her since meeting her at an undergraduate party four years before. He's very kind and accommodating to her, but she's grown a bit bored of him. He's in a music duo with his friend Ray.

  • Addled Addict: In Season 5, he's revealed to have a heroin addiction and can't make it more than a couple of hours without a fix.
  • Disappeared Dad: He offhandedly mentions having one, which contributes to his insecurity in relationships. In Season 5 he mentions his father committed suicide, though Word of God states that he lied about this to get Marnie to feel sorry for him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Marnie's annoyance. Later shows that he can be just as big a Jerkass as any of the other characters.
  • Future Loser: Despite being a handsome, talented young man he ultimately becomes a junkie.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Charlie made a lot of money and started a successful company after developing an app ("Forbid") that prevents you from calling someone (such as an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend) whom you are tempted to call but know that you shouldn't call.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ray, prior to being Put on a Bus.
  • Hidden Depths: As with Adam, there's a bit more to him than is initially presented.
  • Put on a Bus: After breaking up with Marnie offscreen.
  • Replacement Goldfish: His girlfriend Audrey is implied to be this for Marnie.

    Elijah Krantz 
Played By: Andrew Rannells

Hannah's ex-boyfriend from college. Hannah tracks him down in season one to give him some news, only to find out that he has some news himself - he's gay, and now out of the closet. He later becomes a recurring character.

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Tries to do this for Dill. He gets rejected.
  • Ascended Extra: Went from a one-off character to getting more screen time than Jessa and Shoshona in Season 6.
  • Berserk Button: "Berserk" is a tad strong, but he does not like people making fun of his singing voice.
  • Breakout Character: Gets his first arc in Season 5, and has a episode focusing on his Broadway ambitions in Season 6.
  • Camp Gay: Loves musicals and is flamboyant in personality.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everything he says is snarky, and he and Hannah have very compatible senses of humor.
  • Gaydar: He knew about Mr. Horvath's sexuality before he did.
    (in season 1) "Your dad is gay!"
  • Fair Weather Friend: Elijah's plenty of fun, but you can't trust him to watch your glass of water.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has become this with Hannah as of Season 6, even offering to help raise her baby. Ironic considering that he is gay and the two used to date.
  • Hidden Depths: Is actually a talented actor and singer, despite his general attitude of coasting through life.
  • Incompatible Orientation: With Hannah, obviously. An unusual case as she only finds out after they've already broken up.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Seems to have one with Hannah's mom, Loreen.
  • Jerkass: At times, though his reasons for being such are usually at least somewhat sympathetic.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: His predictions that Marnie's relationship with Desi would end poorly were 100% correct, as well as his comment about Hannah's father being gay.
  • Likes Older Men: Most of his boyfriends have a decade or two on him.
  • The Load: His laziness and mooching off boyfriends puts him into this category, but he can put in effort if absolutely required.
  • No Bisexuals: Discussed after he has sex with Marnie.
  • Transparent Closet: He doesn't come off too heterosexual in flashback sequences. Lampshaded by Elijah himself:
    "RENT rehearsal!"
  • Would Hit a Girl: He hits Marnie when she insults his singing voice, although it's more of a pissy slap than an actual attempt to harm her.

    Ray Ploshansky 
Played By: Alex Karpovsky

Charlie's bandmate and best friend, who is extremely protective of Charlie's feelings. Ray manages a coffee shop, at which Hannah eventually gets a job.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Initially, though it's cleared up when a Staten Island Jerkass uses an antisemitic slur and he states he's Greek Orthodox.
  • Breakout Character: As of season 2.
  • The Cynic:
    Shoshanna: During her breakup with Ray You hate everything!
  • Character Development: Goes from a dude who just complains about everything, to a man who actually gets involved and is proactive in changing things that are unjust.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly the 'deadpan' part.
  • Holier Than Thou: Ray is very moralistic and is prone to giving lectures, despite being no saint himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a bit of a dick, but he really does have his friend's best interests at heart.
  • Older Than They Look: He's 33, almost a decade older than the other characters.
  • Older and Wiser: Considers himself to be this, though he gets called out on his flaws a bunch.
  • Opposites Attract: Seems to be attracted to optimists, such as Shoshona, Marnie, and ultimately Abigail.
  • Really Gets Around: Not that he's super promiscuous, but he does hook up with three of the four main female cast members.
  • Serious Business: Considers most things to be serious business, which is why he's so uptight.
  • Tall Dark and Snarky: Yep.


    Booth Jonathan 
Played By: Jorma Taccone

A conceptual artist whom Marnie meets at an art gallery in the first season, and later dates after her breakup with Charlie. Unlike most of the other characters, he's fairly successful at his job, and while Marnie admires him for it he isn't universally liked.

  • Badass Boast: Using these seems to be central to his approach to chatting up women. From what we've seen so far, it works.
  • Jerkass: He doesn't care too much about the people around him.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: A girlfriend/boyfriend variant. Charlie's view of him and Marnie.

Played By: Chris O'Dowd

A venture capitalist who meets Marnie and Jessa when the two are out drinking one night. He tries to put the moves on them, unsuccessfully, but later comes back into the picture when it's revealed that he's been seeing Jessa and the two of them have decided to get married.

  • Boring, but Practical: The way he views his profession - it may not be as interesting as what Jessa and her friends do, but it pays the bills.
  • Straight Man: Of the mostly non-comic variety.

Played By: Donald Glover

A black law student whom Hannah briefly dates after her breakup with Adam. Elijah dislikes him and Hannah is critical of him because of his conservative political beliefs, but he generally remains good-natured with them.

  • Deadpan Snarker: This comes out when he and Hannah break up.
    Hannah: (when breaking up) Do you want to have sex still?
    Sandy: No.
    Hannah: I didn't feel like it either, I just didn't want you to have blue balls because that's another thing I don't believe in.
  • Only Sane Man: He's by far the most well-adjusted of any of Hannah's boyfriends.
  • Strawman Political: Averted. In general he politely avoids discussing politics, and while he refuses to apologize for his beliefs to Hannah or Elijah he isn't presented as unreasonable in doing so.
  • Token Minority: To this point, the only non-white character to have much of a role on the show.

     Fran Parker 
Played By: James Lacy

Hannah's fellow teacher and boyfriend.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He has a trial for a girlfriend, sure. But he often is very condescending and passive-aggressive to her and doesn't care for her feelings.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His nickname is Fran for one.
  • Holier Than Thou: Sees himself as a righteous, champion of women because he doesn't watch porn due to disagreeing with the industry. But masturbates to photos of ex-girlfriends, which is creepy and inappropriate on a number of levels.
  • Nice Guy: Stands out as one of the few stable boyfriends of Hannah, until he proves himself as one of those people who act "nice to hide their inner assholes" as Hannah's one-off partner put it.
  • Not So Above It All: He turns out to be as messed up as most of the cast.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It's implied that Fran wants a girlfriend more than he wants Hannah specifically.
  • Women Are Wiser: Averted, given that his girlfriend is the erratic Hannah.

Played By: Riz Ahmed

A surfing instructor and Hannah's lover while she goes to the Hamptons.

  • Disappeared Dad: Becomes this for Hannah's and his son Grover.
  • Nice Guy: Very easygoing but not very dependable.
  • Polyamory: Has a girlfriend and has sex with Hannah.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in a few episodes of the final season, but makes a big impression by getting Hannah pregnant with his child, which she carries to term and keeps.

    Caroline Sackler 
Played By: Gaby Hoffman

Adam's emotionally unstable sister who briefly lives at Hannah's. According to Adam, she has a thing for driving a wedge between people.

    Desi Harperin 
Played by: Ebon Moss-Bachrach

An acting colleague of Adam who later becomes the other half of Marnie's singing duo as well as her lover and later husband.

  • Flanderization: Was initially introduced as an actor/musician, who was narcissistic, but also much hipper and more collected. He developed into a Manchild who throws petty tantrums if he's not getting constant attention.
  • Functional Addict: Revealed to be this in Season 6.
  • Narcissist: Even worse than Marnie.
  • Your Cheating Heart: When he starts singing with Marnie, his girlfriend Clementine gets jealous of their chemistry right away, for which she later apologizes. Turns out her suspicions were more than justified.


Marnie and Hannahs' neighbor, a recovering drug addict, and later Caroline's partner.

    Mimi-Rose Howard 
Played By: Gillian Jacobs

An upcoming artist/writer and Adam's new girlfriend.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: According to her ex, her cordiality is just an act she puts on because it fits her public branding as an artist.
  • Nice Girl: She's really, really friendly.
  • Not So Different: From Hannah. In her first appearance, she's portrayed as a flawless Anti-Hannah. The more we get to know her, the more we find out that she's actually just as screwed up as the main four.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to bring her up without revealing that she is Adam's new girlfriend.

    Tad & Loreen Horvath 
Played By: Peter Scolari & Becky Ann Baker

Hannah's parents, who are university professors in Michigan. They had been supporting Hannah financially as she worked at her unpaid internship, but cut her off from further support in the initial episode.

  • The Beard: Loreen decides to stay with Tad after learning that the life of a divorcee isn't all roses.
  • Bumbling Dad: Hannah's father displays a degree of naivete, or at least lack of sophistication, which is surprising given that he's a college professor ("Can we get a hotel for $50 a night in Manhattan?"). It's especially bad since his daughter HANNAH has to school him on a few things.
  • Fiery Redhead: Loreen has short, flaming red hair and is often impatient with Hannah and her demands for money.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Loreen has two sisters with whom she has a rather....tenuous relationship with as seen in "Flo".
  • Hippie Parents: They display traces of that, as can be seen in the contrast between their wild shower sex and Hannah's more pedestrian romantic encounters.
  • Parental Obliviousness: They believe Hannah when she says that she's doing okay financially.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: After decades of marriage, Tad comes out as gay. Of course, Elijah called it way back in season 1.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Understandable for Loreen, the man she's been married to came out to her after several years and she's often lashing out to the point where she's placing Hannah in the middle.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: When Hannah and Loreen argued over whether Hannah should receive continued support, Tad just sits there and waits for it to end.

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